Andy Murray admitted a niggling hip injury played its part in his Wimbledon exit but felt he could still have won his quarter-final match with Sam Querrey.
The world No.1’s title defence is over following a five-set defeat to the big-serving American on Centre Court.
Murray was up a set and a break before Querrey came storming back and as the Scotsman’s fitness began to fade it became apparent there was no way back.
He lost the final two sets 6-1, while declining the opportunity to receive treatment from the trainer, but has no regrets about his decision to play on.
Murray said: “The whole tournament I’ve been a little bit sore. But I tried my best right to the end. I gave everything I had. I’m proud about that.
“It’s obviously disappointing to lose, you know, at Wimbledon. There’s obviously an opportunity there. So I’m sad that it’s over.
“I think I had chances in the first three sets. I mean, the second set, I think I was up 4-3, then got broken twice there. That obviously turned out to be quite an important part of the match.
“I did manage to win the third. You know, maybe I could have got the match done in three sets there had I closed out the second after getting the break.
“Sam served extremely well at the end of the match, you know, loosened up, was going for his shots. Nothing much I could do.
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“I knew I wasn’t going to do any major damage by playing. So obviously wanted to try, you know, if possible, find a way at the end. Obviously it wasn’t the case.”
Murray is also facing up to the prospect of losing his top ranking if Novak Djokovic wins Wimbledon on Sunday.
However, the British ace is relaxed about dropping off the summit and has already accepted he can’t hold onto it forever.
He added: “I spoke about that a lot the last few months. I mean, it was going to happen at some stage. I don’t think anyone has ever stayed at No. 1 their whole career. It always comes to an end.
“I haven’t played well enough this year to deserve to stay there for much longer. If it doesn’t happen by the end of this tournament, it will happen, you know, by the end of the US Open.
“You know, that’s fine. Obviously I would rather be ranked No. 1 than 2, 3 or 4. You know, I go away now and try and find a way to get back there. Hopefully I can do that.”